Ashwin, per
, some of our past GSoC students have continued to help the Wikimedia
technical community, and some have been less permanent.  Students who
know that their work is desired by the community and who experience the
joy of personal engagement are more likely to stick around.  So please
help me by inviting these students to local meetups and keeping an eye
on their projects.  This applies to this year's students as well as
previous students Ankit Garg, Akshay Agarwal, Devayon Das (who spoke at
the conference in Mumbai last year), etc.  Yuvi is a great success story
here. :)

The blog post
gives you some pages where the students welcome comment. Some more links:

* - Nischay Nachata (working on SMW)
* -
Akshay Chugh (making a conference/convention extension for MediaWiki)
* -
Robin Pepermans (working on the Incubator)
* - Harry Burt (working on translating
SVG files)

Thanks for your support!

Sumana Harihareswara
Engineering Community Manager
Wikimedia Foundation

On 04/23/2012 10:52 PM, Ashwin Baindur wrote:
> This is great news. It has been my experience that GSOC helps add to the
> skill-sets and experience of Wikipedians in India who are then able to help
> the community deal with technical issues and even construct special tools
> if required. YuviPanda and his Assessment Bar come to mind.
> Congratulations, the five of you. Do us proud.
> Warm regards,
> Ashwin Baindur
> ------------------------------------------------------
> On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 2:16 AM, Srikanth Lakshmanan 
> <>wrote:
>> Congrats to all folks who got through, specially to Ankur Anand, Akshay
>> Chugh, Ashish Dubey, Suhas HS, Nischay Nahata who are the 5 Indians to get
>> through under WMF.
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Sumana Harihareswara <>
>> Date: Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 00:58
>> Subject: [Wikitech-l] GSoC announcement of students for 2012
>> To: Wikimedia developers <>
>>    Ankur Anand, integrating Flickr upload and geolocation into
>> UploadWizard. Mentor: WMF engineer Ryan Kaldari
>>    Harry Burt, TranslateSvg ("Bringing the translation revolution to
>> Wikimedia Commons").  Mentor: WMF engineer Max Semenik
>>    Akshay Chugh, making a convention/conference extension for
>> MediaWiki. Mentor: volunteer developer Jure Kajzer
>>    Ashish Dubey, realtime collaboration in the upcoming visual editor.
>>  Mentor: WMF engineer Trevor Parscal
>>    Suhas HS, improvements to the OpenStackManager extension.  Mentor:
>> WMF engineer Ryan Lane
>>    Nischay Nahata, optimizing the performance of the Semantic MediaWiki
>> extension. Mentor: volunteer developer Markus Kr?tzsch
>>    Aaron Pramana, watchlist grouping and workflow improvements. Mentor:
>> volunteer developer Alex Emsenhuber
>>    Robin Pepermans, working on Incubator improvements and language
>> support, Mentor: WMF engineer Niklas Laxstr?m
>>    Platonides, a desktop application for mass-uploading files to
>> Wikimedia Commons.  Mentor: me (as project manager and mentor of record;
>> Platonides will consult with technical experts)
>> Congratulations.  You are the most promising students among the 63 who
>> applied, so we chose you to participate in our Google Summer of Code
>> program.  Please consult your mentor to discuss what you ought to do
>> during the community bonding period (now till May 21).
>> Students whom we did not accept: please don't despair.  As you can see,
>> you had a lot of very strong competition, and we only had nine slots.
>> We encourage you to keep learning about open source, use our IRC
>> channels and mailing lists, and even work on your projects as
>> volunteers!  Most of us got into this hobby without GSoC, and you can
>> too. :-)
>> --
>> Sumana Harihareswara
>> Volunteer Development Coordinator
>> Wikimedia Foundation

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